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Gingerbread Skeletons

 Gingerbread Skeletons
Any small gingerbread boy cookie cutter can take on new "life" with these classic cookies. Give him some cat friends, too. The more the merrier! —Dore' Merrick Grabski, Utica, New York
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Confectioners' sugar icing

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add molasses and egg; mix
  • well. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt
  • and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide
  • dough in half. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to
  • 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-in. cookie cutter dipped in flour.
  • Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° for 9 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to
  • wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired. Yield: about 2 dozen.